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    Dr Kreseda Smith

    BSc(Hons), PhD, FRGS, FHEA

    Research Office Coordinator, Lecturer in Land Information Skills, Rural Criminologist

    Research Interests

    • Rural Crime
    • On-farm security measures
    • Choice Architecture and the decision-making process
    • Rural crime policy across the UK
    • Slavery and Human Trafficking in Agricultural Systems
    • Psychological impact of agricultural crime and the traditional rural masculine


    • Land Research and Information Skills - Social science research methods for Land & Property Management courses. Covering all aspects of research design in preparation for final year dissertations.
    • Rural crime sessions for various modules.
    • Advanced Social Science Research Methods for Postgraduate Researchers

    Professional Memberships

    Academic Department: Food, Land and Agribusiness Management

    Department: Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor

    Tel: +44 (0)1952 815113

    Fax: +44 (0)1952 814783

    Twitter: @FarmCrimePhD

    Office: M44 Main Building

    Research profile: ORCID


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    Other publications

    • Smith, K. (2022) Piling on the Pressure: Crime and Stress in British Farming International Journal of Rural Criminology 6(2)
    • Smith, K. (2020) Desolation in the Countryside: How Agricultural Crime impacts the Mental Health of British Farmers Journal of Rural Studies 80
    • Smith, K (2019) Farm Crime Industry Report ((Available at:
    • Smith, K. (2019) The emergence of ungoverned space in the British countryside International Journal of Rural Law and Policy 9(2)
    • Smith, K., Byrne, R. (2019) Horizon scanning rural crime in England Crime Prevention and Community Safety 21(3)
    • Smith, K (2019) Stressed and Distressed Farmers in England and Wales: The Psychological Impact of Farm Crime (19th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, Ghent, Belgium, 18-21 September 2019.)
    • Smith, K (2018) The evolving nature of rural crime in the UK (RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, Cardiff University, 28-31 August 2018.)
    • Smith, K. & Byrne, R. (2018) Reimagining Rural Crime in England: A Historical Perspective International Journal of Rural Criminology 4(1)
    • Smith, K. (2018) Behavioural Science and Farm Crime Decision Making: understanding the behavioural culture of farmers in England and Wales (PhD Thesis)
    • Smith, K. & Byrne, R. (2018) The Emergence of Ungoverned Space in the British Countryside (Rural Crime and Law Conference, University of New England, Armidale, Australia, 29-30 November 2018.)
    • Mawby RI & Smith K (2017) Civilian oversight of the police in England and Wales: The election of Police and Crime Commissioners in 2012 and 2016 International Journal of Police Science and Management 19 (1)
    • Smith K, Byrne R (2017) Farm Crime in England and Wales: A Preliminary Scoping Study Examining Farmer Attitudes International Journal of Rural Criminology 3(2)
    • Byrne, R & Smith, K (2016) Modern Slavery in Agriculture (In J. Donnermeyer (Ed.) The Routledge International Handbook of Rural Criminology. London: Routledge)
    • Byrne R & Smith K (2016) Modern Slavery in Agriculture American Society of Criminology Annual Conference, 15-19 November 2016, New Orleans.
    • Smith K & Byrne R (2016) Farm Crime in England and Wales: Examining Farmer Attitudes American Society of Criminology Annual Conference, 15-19 November 2016, New Orleans.
    • Smith, K (2015) The evolution of rural crime in England. 28th Annual Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Conference, Adelaide, Australia, 25-27 November 2015. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.11010.07367.
    • Smith, K (2015) Emerging issues in rural crime - 'Crops and Robbers' Presentation at the Launch of the Rural Security Research Group, Harper Adams University, 9 December 2015
    • SMITH, K (2014) Crime Prevention as part of the Business Plan for rural start-ups Proceedings of the 12th International Rural Entrpreneurship conference 18th-19th June 2014, Harper Adams University (Paper available at:
    • Smith, K. (2014) Why Research Rural Crime? (Crime Matters Blog Entry on the Crimestoppers Website. Available at:
    • Mawby, RI and SMITH, K (2013) Accounting for the Police: The New Police and Crime Commissioners in England and Wales The Police Journal: June 2013 Vol. 86, No. 2 (pp. 143-157. doi:
    Additional Information
    • PhD explored the crime prevention decision-making behaviour of farmers in England and Wales, and how behavioural science can influence appropriate and effective decisions to better protect farmers
    • Currently researching the psychological impact of agricultural crime and the second/third order impacts this leads to
    • Exploring various research issues within the rural crime, behavioural science, human trafficking arenas
    • Currently supervising three PhD students researching ICT extension among farmers in South Africa, human trafficking in Nigeria, and modern slavery within the European agri-horticultural supply chain.



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